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The champagne flowed and dazzlingly white smiles were flashed on Tuesday night as Transworld celebrated the publication of Terry Ronald’s debut novel Becoming Nancy with a launch event at London’s Westbury Hotel.  Terry has worked across the music world and this was evident from the amount of media movers and shakers that were in attendance. There was eye candy for everyone with the delectable Dannii Minogue and the dashingly handsome Dermot O’Leary both there to raise a glass to Terry’s delightful book.

The beautiful weather meant that the secluded terrace was well patronised, and this was where publishing director Doug Young fulfilled his life’s dream and had his photo taken with Dermot! Inside, the room was swathed in copies of Becoming Nancy with its mesmerising cover designed by our very own Claire Ward; as well as delicious ‘Fondant Nancys’ – bite size cupcakes iced individually by hand by Terry’s husband, Mark Hammerton. In a wonderfully camp display that directly echoes a theme of the book, television screens played Debbie Harry videos all night, and the background music was an assortment of 70’s and 80’s pop.

The evening was a fabulous success and was most definitely the launch that Becoming Nancy deserved. Terry, along with editor Sarah Emsley, was a perfect host at this delightful soiree which was well attended by press from across the board, evidenced by the phenomenal amount of publicity coverage that was generated from the event.

Terry Ronald with friends Dannii Minogue and Dermot O’Leary
– Terry Ronald with friends Dannii Minogue and Dermot O’Leary

Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald is published by Bantam Press, 21st April 2011

To order your copy click here

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Join the Big Debate
by Kate on Apr 19, 2011 at 11:07 am
Categories: Author News , News

Residents of Surrey Heath are being encouraged to take part in a Big Read. If you’ve ever wanted to share your opinion on a book with others, and understand how other readers interpret a story, then now is your chance. The team behind Surrey Heath’s First annual Literary Festival have chosen The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale as the book of the debate.

Members of the public are invited to read it and form an opinion, which they can then come to the theatre and share with a panel of experts including Surrey Heath MP, Rt Hon Michael Gove, TV News presenter Juliette Foster, Jo Lyddiatt; the reading group leader of Camberley Library, and Nick Mowat, head of Cultural and Commercial Services at Surrey Heath Borough Council. The Big Debate is taking place on Saturday 21st May at 5.30pm.

Local author Nigel Farndale is keen to know what the people of Surrey Heath think about his book, saying,

“I’m delighted that The Blasphemer has been selected for The Big Read — and can’t wait to find out what the readers of Surrey Heath make of it. I’m pretty sure I know what it means, but, as I’m discovering from the letters and emails people have been sending me, it is open to interpretation. According to the blurb on the back, it’s a novel that ‘speaks to the heart as well as the head’. I hope, if you read it, you agree.”

To find out more information and book a seat please call Box Office on 01276 707600.

To order your copy of The Blasphemer click here.

Nigel Farndale at the Camberley Theatre

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Joanna Trollope a hit in York and Scarborough
by Kate on Apr 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Two hundred people gathered in Explore York Library on 15th April to welcome a best-selling author. Joanna Trollope, read from her new novel, Daughters-in-Law, and explained to the gathering of fans and budding York authors the thinking behind her storylines.

“I like the kind of fiction that is about relationships, all kinds of relationships – it is what people can relate to,” she said. “That is why we read Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.”

Joanna’s visit was part of a series of talks from authors at Explore York library. A library spokesman said: “The event proved hugely popular. We sold all 200 tickets and in fact had a lot more people interested.”

Later that day Joanna travelled on to Scarborough library where she received a very warm welcome from a sell out event. With great and enthusiastic questions from the 240 strong audience, Joanna found her first visit to Scarborough an absolute delight.

Joanna Trollope speaking at York Explore Library

For more information on Joanna Trollope and her events visit:

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Happy Publication Day Frederick Forsyth!
by Elizabeth on Apr 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Categories: Crime/Thrillers , News

The Cobra is published by Corgi in paperback today.

Ex-CIA special ops, Paul Devereux, intellectual, dedicated and utterly ruthless, is given what seems like an impossible task: Stop the drug barons, whatever it costs. At his disposal, anything he wants – men, resources, money. He must assemble a team equal to the lawless men who control this deadly trade. Up to now the drug cartels have had it their way. Up to now, the forces of law and order have played by the rules. That is about to change. Those rules no longer apply… and a dirty war is about to get a whole lot dirtier…

To celebrate the publication of The Cobra, we are giving paperbacks away to five lucky winners. To be in with a chance, tweet ‘COBRA’ to @Transworldbooks and @EKSwain by Thursday 21st April – good luck!


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The Science of Good and Evil
by Elizabeth on Apr 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Last night, Sam Harris spoke at Kensington Town Hall on the Science of Good and Evil. Sam discussed is latest book, The Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values with Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Moral Landscape is published by Bantam Press and is now available in hardback.

For more information on the author and his works, click here or visit Sam’s website:

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Giles Kristian, Odin’s Wolves Frenzy Starts Here!
by Lynsey on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:29 am
Categories: Author News , News

The much anticipated third chapter in the Raven saga is on it’s way. Two days until publication, we can bring you an exclusive first look at an extract of Odin’s  Wolves by Giles Kristian.

See below for your chance to win one of two exclusive, rare signed proofs of Odin’s Wolves, a collector’s item for the true Viking!

Odin’s Wolves by Giles Kristian

The New Raven Adventure


You have come again. some new faces too by my reckoning. Tramped through that thick pelt of snow out there to hear more of an old man’s memories. That’s because none of you has ever done anything worth remembering. You live like the goats and horses that even now tremble with fear by your hearths while this ball-cracking blizzard frenzies out there in the dark. Fimbulvetr has begun, mark me. This is the first of three terrible winters that presage the end of days and the gods’ doom. Yet you have soaked your shoes and left your warm furs. You are tugging the ice lumps from your beards and rubbing your hands like greedy Greek merchants and here you are in this draughty old hall. You have come for the blood, do not deny it. You are here for the battles and the death, because you think there is glory in such tales. That is my fault I suppose, because even though I despise skalds and their lies, yet I still twist too much golden thread into my stories and not enough of the cold truth. A man rotting to death, stinking and leaking rancid pus – that is the truth. Watching a blood-slathered oarmate fumbling at his own gut rope, trying to push it back into his belly – that is the truth. Maybe I should talk more of those things so that you might taste it for what it truly is. Less honey in the gruel.
Yet I still say this: if a jarl comes in the spring looking for men to pull his oars, you striplings and new-beards get yourselves down to the jetty. Puff up your chests and put a little brawn on those un-scarred arms. Lads like you are not meant to carry slops to pigs and work the plough all day. That’s a waste of good shoulders – rowing shoulders. You pack your sea chests! Kiss your mothers tenderly and tell your fathers you’ll bring them back enough silver to mean they no longer have to break their backs in shit with the thralls. Take the whale’s road and see something of the world. Stand at the prow and feel the salt spray on your faces. I am telling you, it is the best feeling you will ever have.
Learn to fight, too. A man who fears other men because he does not know how to stand up for himself is a nithing. And the gods love courage. Not that they will spare you a horrible death if that is your wyrd. But I have lived long enough to learn something of men’s fate. Wyrd is like a great heavy pile of logs stacked against a man’s house. At the bottom of the pile you have the layers that were stacked and left to season years ago. These you cannot get to easily without trapping your fingers or bringing the whole lot down. Neither can you shift the whole pile at once from one place to an-other. If you have lived with no regard for the saga-tale you will leave behind, you will find your wyrd grown too big and heavy to move. You will likely die a straw-death or fall from a cliff or see your flesh eaten by some foulness. But if you are a man who wants to leave a great blaze behind you when you cross the Rain-bow-Bridge, you can, by great deeds or some act of courage, shift the newer layers and thus defy those bitches the Norns who love to spin men a poor end. Still, some men’s destinies are entwined with others and this sort of wyrd can be much too heavy, so that all you can do is fight hard, tooth and nail, whenever a bad death is stalking you.
I have moved my own log pile more times than I can recall. I have been unpicking the threads of my wyrd all my life and see no reason to stop now. Which is why the well-worn hinges of my sea chest have been squeaking like a caught mouse recently, as well you all know. I have sent several of your sons and striplings out into the world, as well as five of my own thralls, who happen to be near to useless anyway and better kept out of my way for their own good. For I did not live so long and survive so many fights so that I could die in my sleep. I have too many friends and oarmates waiting for me in the All-Father’s hall for that. Though I sometimes fear they will not recognize me after so long and with this white hair and frail body. For years I have kept burning the hope that some of my enemies still live. Gods, I made enough of them! Surely there are some still out there to whom I owe a blood price. I have so often whispered that into the dark. And your sons will earn good silver searching for them, even more if they spit my challenge into those whoresons’ ears.
Now there are rumours in the village – shivering here and there like moths – that one, or even more, are coming. Hard men who know that my death will swell their reputation like a corpse’s bloated belly. And I thank old One Eye for that, for it is He who pumps the bellows, fanning the fame-lust in men’s chests.
‘They are coming for Raven,’ men whisper into their mead horns, their eyes as shifting as the grey sea road.
Well, let them come.

Excited?? Well we are! We can’t wait to read the rest of Raven’s adventures with the Wolfpack. If you are just as excited and would like to win a signed limited print run proof, the comment on this post with the answer to the following question:

         Q. What was the title of Giles Kristian’s first book to feature Raven and the Wolfpack?

Winners will be picked at random. Good luck!

Head over to My Favourite Books tomorrow for the second stop on the Odin’s Wolves Tour!

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Robert Goddard at Portsmouth Central Library
by Elizabeth on Apr 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

Robert Goddard visited Portsmouth Central Library yesterday to talk about his new novel Blood Count.  Robert is half way through his UK tour and there are plenty of events for you to attend. 

For more information, visit his website:


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ODIN’S WOLVES! Bookshop & Blog Tour
by Lynsey on Apr 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

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by Elizabeth on Apr 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

 1. His first appearance in print was modelling boiler suits in a hardware catalogue.

2. He missed out on a career in advertising after telling the J. Walter Thompson interview panel it was time they ditched the toucans from the Guinness ads (which they did, shortly afterwards).

3. He enjoys all sports except (obviously) basketball and curling.

4. According to a (very drunk) man at the 2009 Copenhagen Book Fair, he’s actually a fugitive Icelandic banker in disguise.

5. His middle name isn’t what Wikipedia says it is.

To read more about Robert and his novels, visit his website:


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The Terry Pratchett Prize Shortlist Announcement!
by Lynsey on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

The Terry Pratchett PrizeThe Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize


Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers launched a new award for aspiring debut novelists in June last year: the Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Since the deadline for submissions on 31 December 2010, the team have spent many hours reading, reporting and discussing the over 500 entries that were submitted for the £20,000 prize as an advance on a publishing contract.

Here is the final shortlist in alphabetical order:

  1.   Postponing Armageddon by Adele Abbott
  2.  The Platinum Ticket by Dave Beynon
  3.  Half Sick of Shadows by David Logan
  4.  Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
  5.  Lun by Andrew Salomon
  6.  The Coven at Callington by Shereen Vedam

The six shortlisted books cover a breadth of topics and sub genres, imagination and alternate worlds. Each shortlisted entry was chosen for their skilful writing, vast imaginative powers and ability to tell a good story!

The winner will be judged by Sir Terry Pratchett, Tony Robinson, Michael Rowley from Waterstone’s, Marianne Velmans, Publishing Director of Doubleday and Simon Taylor, Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers. The winner will be announced by Sir Terry Pratchett at a party to be held on 31 May 2011.

Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to the prize.

For more information please contact: Lynsey Dalladay, Press Officer at Transworld Publishers on 0208 231 6793 or

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